ColoradoBiz Magazine Features Article on the Case for Colorado

Consulting firm engages students to make a case for fossil fuel

Can Colorado afford to ban fracking?

That was the question posed to students from three Colorado universities by Denver-based management and strategy coloradobizconsulting firm RAS & Associates and nonprofits Western Energy Alliance and Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development (CRED) earlier this month at the 2014 Case for Colorado competition. Students from CSU, University of Colorado and the University of Denver were presented with the case statement:

“Currently population estimates project 8 million people living in Colorado by 2040. Given this large population growth, how can Colorado support its growing energy needs in an economic, responsible and sustainable way? Can Colorado afford to ban fracking?”

The experience “gives the students the chance to look at real world problems — shark tank-style,” said Aaron Johnson, communications analyst at Western Energy Alliance. “It’s meant to challenge them, to get them thinking.”

From morning until 3 p.m., the teams examined the interwoven energy, economic and environmental issues as they relate to responsible oil and gas development and crafted responses to present to a panel that included Hank Brown, senior council at Brownstein Hyatt Farber and Schreck; Scott Prestidge, energy industry manager at the Metro Denver Economic Development Corp. (EDC); and Joyce Witte, senior community involvement advisor for Encana Oil & Gas.

This article was written by Gigi Sukin, Associate Editor at ColoradoBiz Magazine. To read the full article, please click here.